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Quest of the Sword

January 20, 2010
Quest of the Sword

Quest of the Sword

“On 30 December 2009 I stood next to a Celtic monument, pondering over the decade about to come to an end. And I thought: to what extent has virtual reality replaced the taste for adventure?” — Paulo Coelho

More than 20 years ago Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho embarked on a pilgrimage to recover a sword, a sword that he thought was his but he lost through his arrogance.

It was a task set by his master J. He was to follow El Camino de Santiago, an ancient medieval pilgrims’ route.

January 2010, Paulo Coelho set a quest for his readers. Lying less than a kilometre from the Greenwich Meridian in a manger was a sword awaiting whoever was able to meet the challenge he had set. It was to be no easy challenge. Solve an enigma: Twelve cryptic clues giving locations, 1,500 km to travel. Naming the location was not sufficient, you had to go there, collect evidence that you had been there, locate and meet real individuals at each location. Then armed with all this information, locate the manger and answer a question posed by the Guardian of the Sword.

Also see

Quest of the Sword

The Pilgrimage

A Warrior’s Life

Fear

January 20, 2010

Fear holds us and binds us and keeps us from growing. It kills a small piece of us each day. It holds us to what we know and keeps us from what’s possible, and it is our worst enemy. Fear doesn’t announce itself; it’s disguised, and it’s subtle. It’s choosing the safe course; most of us feel we have “rational” reasons to avoid taking risks. The brave man is not the one without fear, but the one who does what he must despite being afraid. To succeed, you must be willing to risk total failure; you must learn this. Then you will succeed.

— George Bernard Shaw

@santiagosdream posted these thoughts on fear on a blog as he embarked on the Quest for the Sword, an adventure devised by Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho.

Quest for the Sword: Lying less than a kilometre from the Greenwich meridian was a sword. Only someone worthy of the quest was worthy of the sword.

Why Santiago’s dream? In The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Santiago was a Andalusian shepherd boy who conquered his fears to follow his dreams. He saw it as the start of a great new adventure.

Also see

Manual of the Warrior of Light


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